Cartooning, like most art, has a number of standard clichÃ©s. There’s the desert island, the psychiatrist, the mountaintop guru, and, of course, the devil/angel shoulder conversation.
You see this in TV and movies too. Someone is trying to decide whether or not to do something, and “POOF,” little versions of themselves appear with halos and pitchforks to offer advice.
These clichÃ©s are hard to revisit because they’ve been around for so long. To come up with a new take is exceedingly rare, so you don’t invest a lot of time with them. But I like a challenge and every so often I like to take a cartoon chestnut and try to crack it.
The above cartoon took most of a weekend of turning the concept over and over in my head, but I was pleased with the end result.
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About the Author: Mark Anderson’s cartoons appear in publications including The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. Anderson is the creator of the popular cartoon website, Andertoons.com, where he licenses his cartoons for presentations, newsletters and other projects. He blogs at Andertoons cartoon blog.